There are multiple viewing areas in the Andrews area for Eclipse Viewing. Each one offers something different.
(1) Heritage Park
This is the main viewing venue in Andrews. In addition to being a prime viewing location, Heritage Park will host a variety of activities and demonstrations on both eclipses and on the size and scale of the Solar System. Eclipse glasses, t-shirts, and water will be available for purchase on-site. Check out our aerial footage of the field.
The event is free to the walk-in public. Parking is very convenient and a very short walk will put you in Downtown Andrews where a host of food and crafts vendors will be set up on Main Street. Live music and a Beer and Wine Garden will be in Hall Park right next door to the observing sites.
Observers wishing to set up telescopes or camera equipment or just have their own space can reserve a spot (20’x20’) for $35 which will include the closest parking possible. Porta-potties will be stationed in several corners of the field. Viewers with reserved spots are able to set up telescope and camera equipment the night before and stay with your equipment in the field, if you choose. No power available. All reservations are final; there are no refunds.
All reserved viewing sites in Heritage Park are full; we are no longer taking reservations.
Town Hall: 828-321-5111
(2) Bear Ridge Mall
Has two different things going on. Along the back of the property there are 26 RV sites with full hook-ups. The center line of the eclipse literally goes through the RV area. They also have spaces for self-contained RVs as well as tent campers in addition to Park & View on Eclipse Day. See details on pricing here.
*At this time it is uncertain whether or not (1) vendors will be on site or (2) if there will be a shuttle running to-and-from Downtown.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Kristine Flaig
(3) Andrews Middle School
Celebrate the "Great American Solar Eclipse" directly in the path on the centerline of the eclipse!! This venue will give you almost the maximum totality time possible anywhere east of Tennessee - 2 minutes and 38.4 seconds out in the field!!! The totality line passes through the front portion of the fields in front of the school. This is the most "remote" public viewing location in Andrews - two miles east of Downtown.
Two flat, open fields with 30' x 30' spots are available starting at $60 per night. This allows enough room for observers to park their car within the spot and enough room for camping/observing.
Included with reservation is 2 pair of eclipse glasses; 24 hr restroom use; parking
Also included with reservation: Sunday night "New Moon Block Party" with DJ; Bouncy Houses for kids; Outdoor Movie; Eclipse informational and safety stations; pick-up basketball games in gym, and more
Available on property for a small price: Breakfast, lunch and dinner by local caterer featuring NC smoked pulled pork with the fixins and a pancake breakfast; face painting, dunking booth, other food vendors, crafts and souvenirs will be at the venue both August 20 and 21st. .
**The New Moonlight Block Party will be in the back field location. If you prefer a quieter and more remote viewing/camping spot, chose the front field location.